Our Student Leaders

Publisher: Jill McDonnell | Editor-In-Chief: Jefferson Griscavage

The Pitt Pulse is comprised of the following departments: Editorial, Art and Design, Public Relations, Fundraising, and Distribution. Departments work both individually and cohesively to produce a high quality publication. 

The Editorial Department includes Staff Writers and Assistant Editors. Staff Writers write articles on a health, medical, or science topic of their choosing. Assistant Editors edit articles and provide guidance to their assigned Staff Writers under guidance of the Editor-In-Chief.

The Art and Design Department designs logos, flyers, and the layout of the publication. This department is led by the Art Directors: Matthew Stoss & Meghan Carlton

The Radio Department interviews expert guests and hosts a roundtable discussion on recent news stories. This department is led by the Radio Directors: Anjana Murali Elle Kruczek

The Public Relations Department publicizes all aspects of The Pitt Pulse through presentations, social media, etc. This department is led by the PR Coordinators: Rajiv Reddy & Deesha Desai.

The Fundraising Department raises funds for the printing of the magazine and costs of events. This department is led by the Business Managers: Nikhil Srinivasan & Jenni Faust.

The Distribution Department distributes hard copies of The Pitt Pulse to various locations on and off campus. This department is led by the Distribution Coordinator: Mahima Naini.


Jill McDonnell


Year: Senior

Major: Molecular Biology

I am extremely passionate about science and medicine, and I love being able to share those topics through my writing in a way that everyone can understand. Promoting the discussion of science allows society to advance together towards a world with more curiosity and less disease. As an artist myself, I also love the artistic view our magazine takes. You can find me in the audience of The Price is Right episode from May 23, 2017.


Jefferson Griscavage

Year: Senior

Major: Athletic Training

I find working for The Pitt Pulse to be incredibly rewarding, as our blend of creative art and relatable science bridges the gap between scholarly findings and public knowledge. I believe it is important that the scientific community works to make information more accessible for casual readers, and I am proud to progress that goal with The Pitt Pulse. My favorite coffee flavoring at Dunkin Donuts is toasted almond (in case anyone ever wants to surprise me at Hillman). 


Matthew Stoss

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

My role at the Pitt Pulse is visual design, which I believe is important because an interesting magazine layout gets people from all backgrounds reading about science. A fun fact about me is that I've lived in 10 different states growing up as a military brat. 


Meghan Carlton

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience

Scientific discussion is important to me, because it leads to progress that can bring change reaching from social reforms to medical breakthroughs. Art is specifically important in the conversation, because it can help better the understanding of an Idea and reach a wider audience. My goal before graduation is to explore all of Pittsburgh's best coffee shops. 


Nikhil Srinivasan

Year: Junior

Major: Finance & Accounting

I’ve always had a passion for science and discovering new things. While it feels fantastic to learn a new topic or research into an exciting field, it is just as important to publish other students’ efforts as they venture through their own discoveries. Science and writing both combine to educate the readers of the Pitt Pulse on important issues, and help spark the scientific interest of the community. Fun Fact: My expose on Wendell Smith and Jackie Robinson was published in a Museum in DC!


Jenni Faust

Year: Sophomore

Major: Computer Science

I find science writing important, because it peaks my interest in certain topics and allows me to garner knowledge about the natural world. One fun fact about me is that I love chocolate chip mint ice cream.


Rajiv Reddy

Year: Junior

Majors: Biology and Philosophy

I am on the pre-med track and as of now and hope to become an orthopedic surgeon. I joined the Pitt Pulse because I enjoy science writing. It's unique because there's the challenge of explaining such intricate and technical ideas and concepts in layman's terms. A fun fact about me is that I went to Thailand over the summer and took a picture with a lemur on my shoulder. It decided to poop right at that time.


Deesha Desai

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Political Science and Natural Sciences

I have always been an avid writer and clearly a big fan of the sciences. Through the Pitt Pulse, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to merge different aspects of these interests and reach out to a larger audience at Pitt. A fun fact about me is that I just went skydiving a few weeks ago.


Mahima Naini

Year: Junior

Majors: Neuroscience and Anthropology

Being surrounded by people in the pre-health field my entire life, I came to enjoy learning about the intricacies of everything that is science that's around us. To be able to communicate that through writing and make people more aware of this fact is pretty incredible to me. A fun fact about me is that I can speak two languages fluently and I can understand two additional languages.


Anjana Murali

Year: Senior

Majors: Anthropology, Psychology, Pre-med

Science writing is important for me because it makes the esoteric world of science more accessible (and interesting!) for my non-science friends and family. Fun fact: My pinky finger was chopped off when I was 4 years old and had to be sewn back on.


Ellen Kruzcek

Year: Junior

Major: Biology, Creative Writing & Philosophy minors

Science and writing are the same in a way: both clarify, engage, and explain the world. Together they can only enhance each other! Fun Fact: I’m an advanced open water scuba diver!